Defensive players were the big stars in the opening minutes of the NFL Championship Thursday in Las Vegas. The first five athletes who heard their name all played on this side of the ball.
It is also the first time since 1991 that the first five players who are all defensive have been called up.
The Jacksonville Jaguars got the ball rolling by setting their sights on defensive line Travon Walker.
It was a secrecy on the part of the Florida team – which had several potential candidates to be called up in the front row – until Commissioner Roger Goodell revealed who the lucky winner was.
The Georgia Bulldogs producer is still considered an athlete who needs to improve his playing style, managing just six quarterback sacks in 13 games in 2021. However, his potential is seen as one of the best in this old model.
Then the Detroit Lions got their hands on a local hero: linebacker Aidan Hutchinson. The Michigan Wolverines producer had an impressive 14 sacks in several games last season and has also been a potential candidate to have his name raised as the curtain rises.
The Houston Texans and the New York Jets opted for self-defense next, opting for Derek Stingley Jr. and Ahmed “Seuss” Gardner, respectively. Finally, the Giants completed this quick boost for defensive players by picking their third line man of the evening: Kayvon Thibodeaux.
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